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Environmental Management Systems – Best Practices – Implementation Manual

Environmental Management Systems – Best Practices – Implementation Manual

The survival of the tourism industry in the long term requires that all concerned (hoteliers, private sector, Institutions, NGOs, Authorities, Operators in the Tourism & Hospitality, the public and coastal communities) take the required actions for sustainable utilization of our natural resources so that the population and economy of partner countries may continue to benefit from this important sector. Through the present project and with the technical and financial support of the ReCoMaP, the partners Empretec Mauritius, AHC, AIOM, FHORM, CCI Antalaha, CCI Antsiranana, CCI Mahajunga, CCI Nosy Be, TCCIA, TCCIA Tanga and Nature Seychelles have set the following objectives which they consider as the first steps moving towards gaining certification for “Environmentally Friendly Hotel” label:

Objectives of the Action 
To contribute towards the reduction of the negative impacts of coastal business activities on the coastal and marine environment through the dissemination of experience and know-how on Environment Management Systems (EMS) best practices 
To contribute towards poverty alleviation through the integration of environment friendly businesses and promotion of eco tourism

The conception of this manual had been a very enriching experience and is based on the findings of environmental audits carried out in small and medium hotels across Mauritius. It reflects the hotels functional capabilities and operational realities. The Do–It-Yourself principle adopted will in a sustainable manner motivate the implementation in all the hotels of the association and in the long term all the hotels of Mauritius. The manual covers 5 main parts covering basic environmental concepts, an introduction to Environmental Management systems, documentation of an EMS policy manual and Recommendations that can be implemented on a Do It Yourself principle. The conception is based on easy to follow steps and user friendly concept.

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